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Scientists Find Honeybees Can Trigger 'Virgin Births' With Just a Single Gene

Hollywood has never produced a movie about South Africa's Cape honeybees, and frankly it's a travesty. The pitch writes itself: Aspiring to become a queen, a lowly Apis mellifera capensis worker leaves home to invade a rival nest and successfully fills it with her clones. All thanks to the talents of a single, amazing gene that allows her to ditch men. Research by scientists from the University of Sydney means we can even slap 'loosely based on a true story' under the title credits. Unlike the majority of related honey-loving subspecies, any old Cape honeybee sister can use her oversized ovaries to produce a perfume that tells the hive she's now in charge.  Read more.....



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